Vitraglyphic printing is a new approach to 3D printing that permits production of glass or ceramic type objects, being pioneered at the University of Washington.
This was my first Vitraglyphic printed at the Solheim Lab just a few weeks ago. David Rutten from Grasshopper (a plug-in for Rhino 3D software) was demonstrating how to use it’s parametric modeling capabilities to create designs in Rhino, so in this instance I used the Voronoi diagram mesh. I’ve been exploring themes around man-machine interfaces in my artwork, ranging from the abstracted to the concrete, and this object/sketch is meant to invoke some sort of heart-like organ for a creature somewhere between living and machine.
The glass prints are still pretty opaque, but as Mark and the rest of the guys in the lab continue to experiment with firing rates, it’s looking like some level of translucence or transparency is not far off.
That's certainly good news. Clear glass capability would open up a huge range of new possibilities.